Level 27 (50,000/100,000/100,000)
Total Entrants: 536
Players Remaining: 1
Average Stack: 10,720,000
The first stop of the RunGood Old West tour hit Tunica and brought out the second-largest field in RG Main Event history. 536 entrants created a prize pool of $268,000. Two days of poker later, Dennis Thurman walked away with the first-place prize of $61,640 along with the cowboy boots and custom RGPS belt buckle.
Thurman hails from Missouri and carries plenty of poker experience from his days playing poker on the East Coast. In his first RG Main Event, Thurman topped a tough field and RunGood's Dan Lowery heads up to win the title.
At the start of Day 2, Thurman opened play with 51,000 but quickly spun his way up into contention. Thurman entered the final table in the middle of the pack and stayed out of Lowery's way while he eliminated player after player.
Heads up play started with Lowery holding a 3-1 advantage but Thurman quickly made his move. Thurman doubled up at the start of heads up play and chipped up from there. Play went back and forth until Lowery had Thurman at risk again.
Lowery held 7♦7♥ against Thurman's 5♥5♠ and Thurman flopped a set to take the lead.
A few hands later, Thurman closed out the match when he flopped a king with K♥6♣ against Lowery's A♣A♠, all the chips went in, and the K♦ turn locked up the title for Thurman.
This tournament marks the conclusion of the RGPS Old West in Tunica. On behalf of RunGood, thank you to all of the Horseshoe tournament staff, ambassadors, and players for a great series. We'll see you next on the RunGood Series in Kansas City from September 17-22.
Full final table results are below.